Many of us suffer from anxiety at different times for various reasons. Anxiety, however, does not always make us productive and it can affect our diet, sleep, and overall health. Because anxiety is often not a chronic or ongoing issue for most, it is unnecessary to obtain a harsh prescription medication to treat these feelings and side effects.
Herbal Treatments for Anxiety
Instead, turn to some herbal remedies, many of which are extremely effective in treating anxiety and preventing its side effects.
Catnip has long been used to treat anxiety and its many symptoms. It is also excellent for treating stomach pain and irritation (which often are related to anxiety). Especially important for those with severe anxiety, catnip can help ease muscle tension and reduce chronic stress.
There is a reason that chamomile tea is enjoyed by many as a pre-bedtime beverage: it is naturally soothing and has a sleepy effect. This effect also translates into chamomile being effective in treating anxiety and calming nervousness. Chamomile may also reduce headaches and address appetite and digestive issues related to stress and anxiety.
Fennel is an herb that is effective in addressing many of the symptoms related to anxiety such as digestion issues. Its antispasmodic and diuretic properties can also help with anxiety.
4. Kava Kava
This herb is perhaps the most popular and potent herbal choice when it comes to treating anxiety. Kava not only address the symptoms of anxiety, but it also has the ability to soothe and reduce anxious thoughts.
Similar to kava, passionflower is extremely effective in treating mild to moderate anxiety, and has no negative side effects. In addition, passionflower helps to reduce muscle tension, mood swings, headaches, agitation, and insomnia.
6. St. John’s Wort
Although many people take St. John’s Wort to reduce symptoms of depression, the same properties that make this herb effective for depression also help with anxiety symptoms. It is a proven mood-lifter, which for many is enough to get their anxiety under control or eliminate it completely.
7. Valerian Root
Used mostly for its sedative properties, valerian root is also effective in treating anxiety. Not only can it help you sleep better, therefore reducing your anxiety, Valerian also soothes muscles and physical tension, helping the body and mind relax.
Anxiety is caused by various reasons and affects individuals differently. It is no secret however, that being anxious can have a negative effect on your sleep, your productivity at work, your mood, and your appetite. While these herbs may not prevent anxiety, they will certainly help reduce the effects of anxiety on your body, therefore allowing you to relax and get the anxiety under control.
As always, you should consult your physician or holistic practitioner before taking any new herbs and none should be taken for long periods of time.
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